The Ultimate Guide on How to Reset Radio Without Code for Honda, Ford, VW and Nissan


Welcome to the Ultimate Guide on How to Reset Your Radio Without Code

After getting the CODE sign way too many times I’ve decided to research a solution for as many vehicles as possible.


I will be brutally honest with you. In most cases you can’t reset the radio without the code. If it were that easy then thieves would have a field day.

However, there are a few clever tricks that might work or even give you a temporary fix until you find your code and you don’t have to drive in silence for endless miles.

Even if none of the methods work I will give you a free way to get your radio code. Scroll and find out.

I’ve looked up radio resetting without a code for the following cars: Honda, Ford, VW and Nissan. If you have a different car it might still work. Give it a shot.

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How to Reset Honda Radio Without Code – Works with Acura

I’ve found these two methods to work with most Honda and Acura cars.

Method 1:

  • Turn on the ignition
  • If the screen says CODE then turn off the radio
  • Press and hold the Power/Volume button for 40-50 seconds
  • It should unlock your radio in under a minute


This second method is a variation of the first.

Method 2:

  • Turn on the ignition
  • If the screen says CODE then turn off the radio
  • Press Down and the Power Button while holding for 60 seconds
  • It should bypass the radio and gives you access to music and radio


This method works on the 2010 and newer models of Acura ILX, Acura TLX, Acura RDX, Honda Pilot, Honda Civic and Honda Accord.


If these two methods fail you need to fetch your serial number.

All you have to do is power off the radio and press #1 and #6 plus the Power button just like in the picture below.


For newer models with a touchscreen, you need a different variation press the Power Button with the Eject and Home just as in the image below. Once you access the menu Tap “Detailed info settings” then tap “Unit Check” and then ”DA Unit” to get the serial.


Once you have your serial plug it into your website and you will get your FREE Code to unlock your Honda or Acura radio.


Other methods for getting the serial. Look for a sticky note on the inside or side of the glove compartment. Also you can check the service history book they might even have the code there. Typically it’s a credit card-sized paper.

If everything else fails you need to remove your radio which can be difficult or you need specialized tools so the dealership is advised.

If the link above is not working then call up your dealer with a twist.

PRO TIP: When you call up your dealer don’t say that you need a radio code because they will put you on hold forever. It’s better to say that you need servicing and once you get to the service department, ask for the code. For this to work you will need your VIN number and the radio serial.


How to Unlock Ford Radio Without Code

I have used this successfully on many Ford Vehicles including BA-BF and premium sound system 6 stack CD.


  • Turn the ignition on
  • When you see the code press and hold Power and Seek for 60 seconds (typically it takes only a few)


If this doesn’t work then you can get your serial either by pressing #1 and #6 and looking for the code that starts with the letter V and 6 numbers.

On some Ford models you have to press #2 and #6.

Once you get your serial then you have to plug it into this site:

Disclaimer: it’s FREE if you wait 2 days then they will email it to you. Or if you’re in a hurry you have to pay for it and get it instantly.


How to Do a VW Radio Code Reset Without Code

I’ve tried this method on a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta it might work on other models as well.


  • Turn the ignition on
  • If you see the CODE message press and hold “Mode” and “On/Off“ for 5 seconds


If this didn’t work then you need to get your serial number and plug it into this website:

Disclaimer: this is a FREE method if you’re not in a hurry they will email you the code in 2 days. If you’re in a hurry you have to pay a bit.


What’s the Nissan Radio Code Hack?

This method is just a temporary fix so you need to do it over and over after you shut the car down. Plus you need a CD and it worked perfectly with a Nissan Micra.


  • Turn the ignition on
  • Make sure you have a CD inserted
  • When you see the CODE error press #1 and #4 and the ON button
  • You should see the Language text that’s when you hit the EJECT button
  • Enjoy your music.


Other Tips and tricks

The radio and stereo set has increasingly become one of the most common and most used features of the modern-day car. The number of people who prefer to have some kind of audio running in the background while they are driving their cars just keeps on increasing as do the number of car owners every year.

But what do you do when the car radio does not work? You just had routine maintenance upkeep of your prized car or you replaced the dying batteries of your car finally and then, out of the blue, your car radio shows the message to enter a radio code. Don’t worry, it is a routine feature that is designed to keep your car safe.

This usually happens because of the anti-theft system placed in your car, which keeps in the event of a forced power upheaval of the car such as during a regular maintenance check or when you replace the car batteries. The anti-theft system kicks in and resets your codes such that the thief would not be able to access parts of your vehicle.

But surely you are not the thief. In that case, this becomes a slight annoyance. Don’t worry though, you can get it fixed in no time if you can access your car year, make, model and the vehicle identification number (VIN) of your car and go to your manufacturer to get the code and reset it.

Yes, it is as easy as that. You just have to go to your manufacturer’s website or call your manufacturer and give them these details to get access to your radio code. In case this does not work, just go to your local dealership and when you give them these details, they will provide you with the code to reset the car’s radio.

However, if for some reason you do not have access to either of these, here is the step-by-step guide to how to unlock car radio without code. The car manufacturers do not want you to know about this hack, but sometimes situations are dire and we need all the help we can get.

Don’t worry, these methods that I am going to let you know are not illegal. Rather, these are just some master codes that are set for the manufacturer’s ease. Just read on to find how to reset your car’s radio.


Conclusions on How to Reset Radio Without Code

We have reached the end of this journey. I really hope that one of these methods worked for you and now you can enjoy your favorite music.

Just in case nothing worked, you need to find that serial number so you can get the code and for that, I have multiple methods.

Maybe you can help me out with something, can you please share on social media how did this post help you? It would mean a lot to me. Thank you.

Roger and out!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Do You Do If You Don’t Have a Radio Code?

First, try to search for the radio security code in the manufacturer’s manual. If it is not there, go to the manufacturer’s website and look for it there. If the code is not even on the website of your manufacturer, visit your local dealership where you bought your car or any other dealership of your manufacturer and get the issue fixed.

How Do I Get My Radio Out of Anti-theft Mode?

To get your radio out of the anti-theft lock, use the original car key that was provided to you to turn on the ignition. Turn on the key and keep it in the “On” position without doing anything for at least 10 minutes or until the “Theft System” light stops flashing. Turn off the key and leave it inside the ignition for a few seconds and then take it out.

Why Is My Car Radio Telling Me to Enter a Code?

The car radio systems are designed to prevent theft and prevent thieves from engaging with the car’s audio system. The system kicks in when there is an unnatural power breakdown of the car or the car is jump-started and the radio set then will ask the user to enter a code.

What Do You Do When Your Radio Says Enter Code?

For starters, you enter the code when your radio displays the message to enter the code. If you have entered the code correctly, the radio and the stereo should unlock automatically. In case the system does not accept your input when it shows you the message, turn off the car and wait for fifteen minutes, turn it on and enter the code.

Can I Get Radio Code from Vin Number?

Short answer: no. Long answer: the vehicle identification number or the VIN number is essential for the radio code to be accessed when you are asking for it on the manufacturer’s website or in the dealership of your manufacturer. You will have to provide the VIN in most cases to get access to your radio codes.

Where Can I Find My Radio Serial Number?

To find your radio serial number, first turn off the radio and then hold the preset buttons 1 & 6 together while you are pressing the buttons to turn on your radio. After a few seconds, a 10 digit serial number should appear on the radio’s display. Note it down as it will disappear once the held keys are let go.

Why Does My Radio Not Work after Changing the Battery?

As we have explained before, when the car battery is changed, it reads it as a forced power alteration to the car and the anti-theft system of the car kicks in, which requires the code to reset.

That is the reason why the radio sets do not work after changing the batteries usually. But this is the most easily fixable issue and the dealership would do it pronto.

Parting Thoughts

The next time you are stuck in a situation where you have to unlock your car radio without a code, follow the above steps and you will be able to listen to your music just fine.

Last Updated on June 23, 2022 by Danny Reid